Sturgeon’s shameless bid to woo Brussels: SNP leader sent 31 Christmas cards to EU chiefs

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Freedom of Information requests reveal the Scottish First Minister sent 29 cards to European Commission officials compared to just two cards to UK Government colleagues last year. Records reveal Ms Sturgeon sent cards to top diplomats including Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Head of the Taskforce for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier.


The Scottish First Minister also sent cards to the Prime Minister of Belgium and Iceland along with 59 members of the United States Congress.

German Europe Minister Michael Roth and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also received penned festive messages from the SNP leader.

Boris Johnson and Alister Jack were the only recipients of cards from the Scottish First Minister.

Michael Gove whom Ms Sturgeon had increased contact with during four nations discussions on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic was left off the list.


Chancellor Rishi Sunak who has provided Scotland with £8.6billion of coronavirus support since the Spring Budget in 2020 also didn’t receive a card.

A similar pattern also occurred in 2019 with data revealed 31 EU politicians receiving cards from Ms Sturgeon, compared to just Mr Johnson for the UK Government.

Ms Sturgeon held a competition for Primary School children to design her annual “Christmas card from the First Minister” in 2020.

The winning entry, designed by ten-year-old Sophie Blackett from East Kilbride, included a drawing of a Christmas tree with a poem about the ups and downs of 2020.

It read: “2020, we cried, we clapped, we stayed at home, we baked, we home-schooled and painted rainbows, we stayed two-metres apart, we Zoomed, we locked down, we thanked our NHS and waved through windows, we did DIY, we wore masks, we lived in bubbles, we went on staycations, but most of all we made it through.”

Dean Lockhart, Scottish Conservative Constitution spokesman, said: “In what’s meant to be the season of goodwill, it seems Nicola Sturgeon was unable to muster any to send to members of the UK Government.

“However, it seems she had no hesitation racking up the airmail costs in sending cards in a bid woo her pals in Europe.

“It appears even when signing her Christmas cards, the First Minister couldn’t resist engaging in a petty bit of constitutional politics.”

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It comes as Ms Sturgeon begged the EU to “leave a light on” for Scotland to potentially rejoin the bloc if they were to become independent after a second referendum.

But a poll conducted by Opinium this month revealed only 47 percent of Scots wanted to rejoin the bloc.

Meanwhile, fourteen percent said they wanted a closer relationship while remaining out of the EU, 16 percent said they wanted a more distant relationship, while 12 percent said they were happy with the current arrangement of the UK Government conducting foreign relations for the UK.

Opinium surveyed 1,096 Scottish adults between March 11 and 16 with the company not conducting a Scottish opinion poll since the 2019 general election.

The SNP have been approached for comment.


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